High School DxD:Volume 1 Life 1
Life.1 I Quit Being a Human
[WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IF YOU DON'T WAKE UP I’M GOING TO K-KISS YOU……]
It’s an alarm clock which wakes you up with a tsundere voice, but it doesn’t have a function to wake its owner up from bed. That owner fell to the floor and has just seen a nightmare.
……It's the worst way to wake up.
I had that awful dream again.
Lately, I’ve been having that same dream. The dream where I was killed by Yuuma-chan.
But since I’m here alive, it has to be a dream.
“Wake up! Ise!”
Mum’s voice comes from the stairs. Just like every morning.
“I know! I'm up now!”
After giving a reply like that, I pick myself up from the floor.
My day is off to a bad start again. I feel so down……
I put on my uniform while making a deep sigh.
“I’m off then.”
I yawn as I leave the house.
During the walk to school, I can’t help but close my eyes due to the sunlight. Aaah, it's so bothersome.
Lately, I've been starting to feel weak under the sun.
It feels like the sunlight is piercing through my skin and I can’t stand it.
Anyway, the morning sunshine is no good to me. I can’t wake up in the morning at all.
Since I haven't been able to wake up lately, my mum has been coming to wake me up every day.
On the other hand, I become more active at night. There is something inside my body that rises up and makes my tension go high.
I’ve completely become a night person.
Something is wrong. I often stay up late, but it's a miracle if I'm able to even stay awake till 1 o'clock.
But now, I can easily stay awake till 3 or 4 o'clock. I've been going to sleep after the sun rises lately, and that has been my daily routine.
I’m not addicted to online games nor am I addicted to night shows.
……What’s happening to my body?
Is my brain trying not to sleep so I don’t have to see that dream where my girlfriend kills me?
……Well, that’s what I feel personally, so that can’t be it. It’s natural for the body to feel the need to sleep.
The feeling I have at night, —I think it’s something completely different from before.
I don’t know how to explain it, but my body feels pumped and I have a feeling something mysterious is rising from the depth of my body.
So I went out at night to test it. The walking pace of my feet increased, and my heart shook with joy when I blended in with the darkness of the night.
I dashed out at night on a whim and to my surprise it gave me incredible speed.
If I join the track team, I can easily become the main runner. Also, I don’t run out of stamina. I have so much stamina that I can do a full marathon as if I’m just jogging.
I became over-confident and when I sprinted during the day, it was so horrible that I thought my stamina at night was a dream. No, it’s an average speed for a high school student, but there's a huge difference when comparing my night-self and my day-self.
I become weird at night.
It might sound like a phrase coming from a weird person saying it like this, but the feeling I have at night of being unleashed and the excitement I have is changing me into a different person.
Uggh……like I thought, the sunlight is giving me a hard time……
Unlike at night, I become totally weak during the day.
No matter how much I think about it, something is definitely wrong with my body.
I can't help but think that my body changed ever since that day I went on a date with Yuuma-chan.
A private school. Kuoh Academy.
That’s the school I go to.
It’s a coed school right now, but since it was a girls' school until a couple of years ago, there are more girls than boys.
As the grades go down, the number of boys increases, but there are still more girls than boys overall.
I’m a 2nd year high school student, and the ratio of girls to boys in my class is 7 to 3. For 3rd year students, it’s 8 to 2.
Even now, the girls have far more authority than boys, and the majority of the students in the Student Council are girls, with the Student President being a girl as well.
It’s a school where boys can’t stand tall, but I still joined this school.
It’s a simple story.
This place has more girls. That alone is a wonderful thing!
The reason why I was able to pass the entrance exam for this school which is said to be really hard, is due to my perverted guts.
I want to study while being surrounded by girls—-
For that reason alone, I am currently attending this school.
What’s wrong with that!?
What’s wrong with being a pervert!?
It’s my life! I won’t let anyone argue against me! I’m going to build a harem at this school!
And so, that was my mission when I first entered this school.
But now I feel depressed. I was naïve for thinking I can make 2 or 3 girlfriends at this school where the majority of students are girls.
Only one group of good-looking guys is popular, and girls don’t even look at me. To be more precise, they ignore me like trash lying on the floor.
This wasn’t in my plan!
Nonsense! In my plan, I was supposed to get my first girlfriend straight after I entered this school!
After that, I will have broken up with her and started dating a new girl, and by the time I graduated, heaps of girls were supposed to fight over me in a Battle Royale!
A-At this rate, my objective will end in a dream!
Wait, is that already a dream!?
What was wrong with it!? The era I was born in? The law? Or……is there something wrong with me……?
Uwaaaaaaah! I don’t want to even think about it!
Those are the things that go through my mind every day.
I arrive at my classroom while making a big sigh, and sit down on my chair.
“Hey, buddy. How was the DVD I lent you? It was some good stuff, wasn’t it?”
The bald head guy who spoke to me is my buddy number 1, Matsuda. He might look like a sportsman, but he is a pervert who makes sexually harassing comments every day.
He was a sports-boy during his time in junior high school where he broke multiple records, but he’s in the Photo-Club now. He is really open about his ambition of wanting to take photos of every part of the girls' bodies through the camera lens.
His nickname is the “Perverted Baldy” and the “Sexual Harassing Paparazzi”.
“Fu……the wind sure was strong this morning. Thanks to that, I was able to get a good view of the girls’ panties.”
The guy with the glasses who is trying to act cool is my buddy number 2, Motohama. He has a special ability called Scouter that lets him get the numerical values of the girls’ measurements through his glasses. Along with a special body where his power level plummets down when he takes his glasses off.
His nickname is the “Perverted Glasses” and the “Three-size Scouter”. These two are my evil buddies.
Seriously, seeing these two faces in the morning really makes me feel down. I feel sick.
“I got some nice stuff”.
Matsuda opens his bag, and tips out the things inside his bag without any hesitation.
The books and DVDs which are being piled up on my desk have suggestive titles.
A small scream comes from a girl far away from us.
Well, of course she will react like that. After all, something like this is happening in the morning.
What I hear next from the girls are discriminating comments like “You guys are the worst~” and “Die, filthy brats”.
“Silence! This is our entertainment! Girls and kids should look away and keep away! Or else, I will rape all of you inside my head!”
Your words are vulgar as always, Matsuda-kun.
Not long ago, I would have said, “Wow, where did you get these treasures from?!” with sparkling eyes at the things piled on my desk. But since I've been in a terrible state every morning lately, I’m not in the mood.
Matsuda sighs while looking at my dull face.
“Hey hey hey. Why do you have a face like that when there are so many treasures right in front of you?”
“You haven’t been in the mood lately. Weird. It’s definitely weird. You aren't the same as before.”
Motohama also says that while poking his glasses as if he finds me boring.
“I also want to say, “Wow! Where did you get these from!? Are you trying to turn me into a monkey!?”. But I’ve been lacking energy lately.”
“Do you have some kind of illness? No, it can’t be. There is no way that you, the manifestation of all sexual desires, would fall sick.”
Motohama makes a rude comment about me. He really is a rude guy.
Then Matsuda makes a gesture with his hand as if he realised something.
“Oh, is it that? Is it the side effect of that hallucination about the imaginary girlfriend you have? Yuuma-chan, was it?”
“……Do you guys seriously not remember Yuuma-chan?”
Both of them look at me with sympathetic eyes at my question.
“Like we said before, we seriously don’t know her. You should really get a doctor to check you. Right, Motohama?”
“Yeah, I’m going to repeat this again, but we weren’t introduced to a girl called Yuuma-chan.”
……They always act like this every time I ask them about Yuuma-chan.
I thought they were just teasing me.
But after talking to them seriously, I found out that wasn’t the case.
I definitely remember introducing Yuuma-chan to them. They said things like “How come a beauty like her is Ise’s girlfrieeeeend!?” and “There must be a system error happening in this world….. Ise, you haven’t done anything illegal, have you?” and kept on making rude comments.
I remember I was getting cocky and said, “You guys should get a girlfriend as well”.
I remember that time very clearly.
But they don’t remember it. No, what they don’t even remember is Yuuma-chan.
It’s as if Amano Yuuma never existed.
It’s as if the time I spent with Yuuma-chan never happened. Like these two said, it feels like it was just my imagination.
Like these two proved, there is no record of Yuuma’s mobile number or mail address on my mobile phone.
Was it deleted from the memory? Did someone delete it? That can’t be! There’s no way I would delete it, so who did!?
I called the number that I memorised in my head, but that phone number wasn’t currently in use.
So does that mean she doesn't exist? Was it all my imagination? Something crazy like that isn’t possible……
I want to deny it, but apart from my memory, there is no evidence to prove that she existed.
If I think about it, I don’t know her home address. She was a student from another school. I found the school where they wore the same uniform as her. So I asked the students from that school about Yuuma-chan.
But there wasn’t a student fitting her description. She wasn’t there.
So who was my girlfriend?
Who was I dating?
So the dream I’ve been having is just a fantasy that I made up?
Was I talking to Matsuda and Motohama about my dream as if it was all real?
What am I, a pervert?
I distinctly remember her face, you know?
……There’s something wrong about all of this.
Like the strange strength I get at night. Something is definitely wrong.
But what is it?
While I’m thinking about the past incidents, Matsuda rests his hand on my shoulder.
“Well, we are in the middle of our youth so some weird stuff like that can happen to us. Okay then, you guys come over to my place after school. Let’s watch my secret collection together.”
“That’s an excellent idea. Matsuda-kun, you should definitely invite Ise-kun as well.”
“Of course I'm going to invite him, Motohama-kun. We are high school boys who operate on sexual desires. If we don’t do anything perverted, it would be disrespectful to the parents who gave birth to us.”
The two of them smirk lecherously.
Perverts. No matter how you look at them, they are just some perverted creeps. Sadly, I am one of them.
Well, never mind. I also live for these kinds of things.
“Okay then! Today, we won’t hold back! We’ll get some fizzy drinks and chips while watching porn DVDs!”
I say because I can’t be bothered to think.
“Oh! Yeah, that’s it! That’s definitely the Ise we know!”
“That’s the spirit. We need to enjoy our youth even more.”
Matsuda and Motohama are getting all excited.
I will leave the incident about Yuuma-chan on hold.
I need to take a break sometimes as well! Today I will forget about that incident and get hooked into porn like how a boy our age does!
It happened after we made plans for the afternoon.
There was a crimson colour that caught my attention.
A brilliant crimson colour—
The schoolyard can be seen from the classroom window. I have my eyes glued towards a certain girl.
The girl with crimson red hair. Our school idol whose beauty is beyond a normal human's. Her slim proportions aren't the shape of a Japanese girl.
Of course. She isn’t Japanese after all. I heard people say that she is from Northern Europe.
It seems like she is attending a Japanese high school due to her father’s work.
Anyone will get their heart taken by her after witnessing her beauty.
She is a 3rd year student of this school. So that makes her my senior.
When I realise it, everyone including me is looking at her as well, both boys and girls. Matsuda and Motohama are also looking at her.
This happens every morning. Everyone looks at her when she walks past them. Some people stop walking. Others stop talking. Everyone turns around to look at her.
The wind gently blows her crimson hair while every student in this school watches her.
Her long crimson hair which comes down to her hips makes her surrounding look like it’s coloured in crimson as well when the wind blows her hair.
Her beautiful skin, which is white as snow, is remarkable.
That’s the only word to describe her in one word. That’s the only word you need to describe her.
I was also fascinated by her beauty and noble atmosphere.
I'm so fascinated by her that I always stop what I'm doing every time I see her.
But lately, the way I see her has changed.
She is definitely beautiful. But she is too beautiful.
I start to feel a little bit scared of her beauty and fear her from the bottom of my heart.
I don’t know why I start to feel like this. But I've started to feel like this ever since Yuuma-chan’s disappearance.
Then, her eyes move. Her clear blue eyes grasp hold of me.
I feel as if my heart is being grabbed by her.
What is this feeling? It’s that feeling you get when someone superior to you is standing in front of you……
She narrows her blue eyes, and it seems like she is smiling.
Is she looking at me?
It can’t be. I don’t have any connection to her.
Then, I suddenly remember something from the dream I had.
At the end of the dream, there was a person with crimson hair who spoke to me.
The person who seems to be gentle, but also cold.
While I'm comparing her to the person from my dream, she is already out of my sight.
“I seriously want to grope some tits!”
I’m hugging Matsuda who can’t stop crying while all of us are watching the last video for our porn DVD marathon.
After leaving school, we started watching porn with high spirits. We were all happy and excited when we started watching porn straight after school, but as we watched more porn, we began to get depressed instead, because the question of “Why don’t we have a girlfriend?” came into our discussions. I felt like crying after we discussed it seriously.
Matsuda hasn’t stopped crying since 3 movies back.
Motohama is trying to act cool, but tears are flowing from his eyes behind his glasses.
Thirty minutes ago, Motohama said this with a low voice, “……I was asked to come behind the gym by a girl….. That was my first time getting mugged by a girl……”, so even I was about to cry after hearing that.
I wonder what three boys who are all glum while watching porn look like?
Apparently, the answer is three unpopular guys.
Damn it. I feel like hating this world after thinking that there are guys my age who are having sex with a girl right now.
While thinking about it, the last film ends, and it is already dark outside.
When I look at my watch, it’s already 10 o’clock. I already told my parents that I’m at Matsuda’s place, but they will worry about me if I stay here any longer and I will also be late for school tomorrow.
“Anyways, I’ll get going now”.
After I said that, all of us stood up and got ready to pack up.
After we split up with Matsuda at the entrance, Motohama and I headed towards home.
“It’s a beautiful night. Since it’s a good night, it's normal to feel like watching porn.”
Motohama said some weird crap while looking at the sky with a big sigh.
He looks really down.
Well by tomorrow, both Motohama and Matsuda will return to their usual selves.
“See ya tomorrow.”
“Yeah, have a nice dream.”
I split up with Motohama on my way home, but he doesn’t seem energetic when he’s waving his hand to me.
I will probably send him a text message afterwards to cheer him up.
A few minutes pass by after splitting up with Motohama.
I’m walking towards home, but the energy flowing through my body is rising.
It’s a symptom of the “overflowing with power at night” thing.
Like I thought, there is definitely something wrong with my body.
This isn’t a normal phenomenon. My eyesight improves along with my other senses.
My eyes and ears became especially good. I can even hear conversations from other people’s houses and see the street even if it’s night.
This is really weird, since I can even see clearly at places where there are no street lights!
It feels like this strength is getting stronger day by day.
That’s because the chills I’m feeling all over my body right now is the real deal!
I can feel that I’m being watched by someone for a while now. And the chills I'm feeling.
I can feel a mysterious atmosphere ahead of me.
My body is shaking insanely. The shaking gets stronger.
It’s a man, wearing a suit, glaring at me. He is glaring at me with fierce eyes.
It feels like my body will freeze just by looking into his eyes.
Isn’t this what you call killing intent?
I can definitely feel hostility from him. No, this is something more dangerous. This is definitely killing intent!
The man walks closer, silently. He’s walking towards me! So he is after me!
A pervert!? A dangerous person!? Am I in trouble!?
This is bad! That’s because my body hasn’t stopped shaking!
Why did I have to encounter some dangerous guy on my way home!?
“This is rare. To meet someone like you in a place like this.”
What is he saying?
No no, it isn't weird if crazy people like him talk nonsense.
So he is a dangerous guy after all!
Oh shit! What should I do if he takes out a knife!?
I don’t know any self-defence martial arts, nor have I ever had a fight before!
My strength which powers up during night! That’s it! I can use it to run away from here!
Walking backwards, I put some distance between us.
The guy who is releasing a perverted atmosphere starts to walk towards me.
“Trying to run away? Who is your Master? It must be a person with a very low rank or with a weird hobby to choose this place as a territory. So, who is your Master?”
I don’t even know what the heck you are saying!
I turn around and sprint to the place I came from at full speed.
Fast. I’m insanely fast. It’s weird for me to say this, but the speed of my legs during nighttime is insane.
I just continue to run while going through different streets at night.
I keep on running and go into unfamiliar streets.
I haven’t lost my breath yet. I can keep on running. If that’s the case, then I’m going to run until he can’t catch up to me!
After around 15 minutes, I come into an open area.
—It’s a park.
I stop running, and walk instead.
I walk up to the water fountain while inhaling some air.
I look around the park under the street lamp. Something feels mysterious about this place.
—I know this place.
I remember this park……
That’s right. This is the last place I visited on my date with Yuuma-chan!
Man, what a coincidence, or should I call it a miracle?
Did I come here unconsciously? That can’t be……
I feel chills on my back.
Someone is behind me…… That’s what I feel.
I turn around slowly, and a black feather drops in front of me.
Is it a feather of a crow? No, this isn’t.
“Did you think I’d let you escape? That’s why lowly beings are a pain to handle.”
The person who appeared in front of me is a man wearing a suit with black wings growing out of his back.
It’s the suspicious guy from before.
…An angel? No no, this isn’t a fairy tale, so that can’t be!?
Is it cosplay? It looks too real for cosplay. Are those r-real wings? No way!
“Tell me the name of your Master. It’s a hindrance to be bothered by your kind. For that, we will…… Wait, are you a “Stray”? If you have no Master, then that will explain the worried expression on your face.”
The suspicious guy is mumbling to himself. Don’t make stuff up on your own!
The situation is serious, but I suddenly remember the incident I had in my dream.
The dream about that date. At the very end of that dream, I was killed by Yuuma-chan exactly in front of this water fountain.
Yeah, by the Yuuma-chan who had black wings growing out of her back.
And there is a guy with black wings in front of me. …Is this the thing where a dream becomes reality?
Hey hey, how did a hot chick turn into a guy!?
No, that’s not important! What’s important is the situation I’m currently in!
If this is going according to that dream, then the next thing that will happen to me is—
“Hmph. I don’t feel any presence of your Master nor your comrades. Neither do I not see anything that is trying to hide its presence either. Also there's no magic-circle appearing here. According to the current situation, you are a “Stray”. So it won’t be a problem if I kill you.”
The guy who just said some scary stuff raises his hand.
No matter how you look at it, his hand is directed towards me!
I can hear a noise. I know this phenomenon.
Something that looks like light starts to gather in his hand. Hold on a sec, this fantasy stuff should just stay in the dream!
The light then shapes itself into something resembling a spear.
So it is a spear!
I was pierced in my stomach by that thing in my dream, and I went through hell!
—I’m going to get killed!
By the time I realise it, it has already pierced my stomach.
Then something comes out of my mouth.
Lots of blood comes out of my mouth, followed by intense pain.
It hurts. It hurts so much!
I fall down on my knees, on the spot. I can feel my insides getting burnt.
The pain spreads throughout my body, and it hurts so much that I can’t stand it.
Intense pain……doesn't even begin to describe this pain!
I try to pull out the spear with my hand, but the pain spreads to my hand as soon as I touch it. It’s hot. It’s scorching hot. There are burn marks on the places that felt the spear.
I start to whine. It hurts. It hurts so much!
Since my hand is in this state, is the spear burning my insides?
When I thought like that, the pain increased. So this is how it feels like to get your inside burnt?
My tears aren’t stopping due to the intense pain.
Step, step. Then there is the sound of footsteps coming towards me.
I look up, and the mysterious man makes another spear in his hand.
“It must hurt. Light is poisonous to beings like you. Getting hit by it will result in fatal damage. I thought this weakened spear would be enough to kill you, but your body is tougher than I thought. So, I will hit you with it again. But this time, I will put a bit more strength into it. Now you are done for.”
Is he trying to finish me off!? I'll be killed if I get hit by that thing again!
As I'm thinking, I start to look back on the dream I had.
The brilliant crimson colour will……
No, there is no way she will help me. That was a dream. So is this also a dream, then?
If it’s a dream, then please help me. Even if it’s a dream, I don’t want to be in this situation!
When I thought I heard the sound of the wind, an explosion materialises in front of me.
When I look up, there is smoke coming from the palm of that man’s hand. There is blood spilling out of his hand.
“Don’t you dare touch him.”
A woman walks past me.
Crimson hair. I can tell who it is, even just by her back.
It’s that person I saw in my dream—
I wasn’t able to see her face in that dream. But now I’m certain that she was the person from my dream.
“……Crimson hair…… You must be a woman from the House of Gremory……”
The man glares at the crimson-haired woman with eyes full of hatred.
“My name is Rias Gremory. How are you doing, Fallen Angel-san? If you are trying to hurt this boy, then I won’t hold back. “
Yes, she is the senior student at my school. The beauty with crimson hair.
“……Fufu. Well, well, so this boy belongs to you. This town must also be a part of your territory then. Well then, I will apologise for today. But I advise you not to let your servant loose. People like me might slay him while having a walk.”
“Thanks for the advice. Since this town is under my surveillance, if you get in my way, then I won’t hold back.”
“I will say the same to you, heiress of the House of Gremory. My name is Dohnaseek. I hope we won’t meet again.”
The man spreads his black wings, and his body starts to float. He then flies up into the sky.
The man glares at Rias-senpai and me once, then disappears into the sky.
So it’s safe now……?
I feel a bit relieved, but my eyes are blurring, and it feels like my consciousness is disappearing.
Huh? Isn’t this bad? This is definitely bad, isn’t it?
“Ara, are you about to faint? This is certainly a fatal wound. It can’t be helped. Hey, where is your house—”
Senpai speaks to me while I fall down, but I can’t hear what she is saying.
Then, my consciousness cuts off.
[……I WILL KILL YOU IF YOU DON’T WAKE UP ……YOU WILL BE CUT INTO PIECES IF YOU DON'T WAKE UP]
When I woke up, it was morning.
What is the meaning of this?
……Did I have a bad dream again?
That has to be a dream. But it looks too real.
Now I’m here, sleeping in my bed.
I was woken up by the alarm clock with a yandere voice. Looks like I was dreaming after all.
This time, it wasn’t Yuuma-chan, but a weird guy who was chasing after me. But they both had black wings.
I shook my head.
Pull yourself together, me. Why do I keep on seeing those kinds of dreams?
If I remember correctly, I went to school yesterday as usual and it was normal as usual. After school, I went to Matsuda’s house and had a porno marathon with him and Motohama.
Then I returned home. On my way home, I was attacked by a weird person with wings—
Then I realised the unusual state I was in.
I didn’t have anything on me.
What the heck is this? I don’t even have my underwear on!
I’m fully naked!
I don’t remember it. I don’t remember coming home. Am I losing my memory at this age?
I also don’t have a habit of sleeping naked either.
I heard a sweet voice.
Then I carefully looked beside me.
There is a crimson haired girl sleeping beside me.
And she’s naked…… Her snow-like white skin is too bright for my eyes.
Her skin looks very smooth and it’s very bad for my eyes.
No matter how you look at her, it’s Senpai. Our academy’s Idol. Her crimson hair scattered over the pillow looks extremely beautiful.
Huh? Huh, Huh?
Calm down, me. Oh yeah, at times like this it’s good to count prime numbers to calm down.
2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23……
I can’t! I can’t calm down!
Why am I sleeping with Rias-senpai!?
What happened!? What happened!?
No, what did I do!? Did I do something!?
I don’t remember! I don’t remember one bit!
Why!? I have to remember what I did! No! Why am I in this situation!?
Did I have sex with Senpai!?
Eh? Do people lose their virginity like this!?
Impossible! That’s impossible!
Remember, me! Try to remember valuable memories, me!
What did I do!? What kind of stuff was I able to do!?
My head is about to explode due to the confusion, but I get cornered in the next moment.
“Ise! Wake-up! It’s already time for school!”
“Okaa-san, is Ise still in his room?”
“Otou-san, his shoes are in the entrance so he came home. Geez! Staying at a friend's house so late! On top of that, being late for school! That, I won’t forgive!”
The conversation between my parents on the first floor can even be heard up here.
Then it was followed by footsteps coming up the stairs. The footsteps carried the sound of anger. It’s different from her usual footsteps.
Mum’s on her way!
Wait! Hold on a sec!
If she sees this situation, then it will be really bad!
“Wait! I’m already awake! I will get up now!”
“Geez! I won’t forgive you any more! We need to have a little talk about this!”
She’s coming! Mum is coming to my room!
There is no way I can let her see the situation I am in!
“Unn…… Is it morning?”
Senpai is wiping her eyes beside me!
She woke up! She woke up!
The door bursts open. At the same time, Senpai also lifts her upper body up.
My eyes and mum’s eyes meet each other. She looks mad. She looks very mad!
Senpai greets my mum with a smile.
Mum’s eyes move from me to Senpai.
Then, mum’s face froze. She moves her eyes to me again.
I avoid eye contact.
“……GET READY QUICKLY.”
While using a machine like voice, she closes the door slowly.
After a moment, I heard the loud noise of her feet heading down the stairs.
“What’s wrong Okaa-san? You look like you just saw a ghost? Was Ise doing something perverted in the morning again?”
“Seeeeeeee, sexxxxxxxxxx!! Ise did~! With a foreigner~!!”
“—!? O-Okaa-san!? Okaa-san, what happened!?”
“Internationaaaal~! Ise did!!”
“Okaa-san!? Okaa-san!? Calm down!! Okaa-saaaaan!”
I can only cover my face with both my hands.
It's easy to imagine what’s going on downstairs.
How can this happen? There’s definitely going to be a family discussion after this!
What kind of excuse can I use to explain the current situation I am in!?
“Your family is quite lively in the morning.”
Senpai got up from my bed and went to pick up her uniform from my desk.
A naked Senpai. The naked body of a beautiful girl.
……Ummm, you know I can see a lot of things……
Her small hips. Her long white legs. Her thighs. Her nicely shaped butt.
And her oppai which are quite enormous……
I can even see her nipples clearly!
Why aren’t you hiding them!? Why aren’t you showing any sign of hiding them!?
If I had Motohama’s “Three-size Scouter”, I could have easily gotten her measurements accurately.
Right now, I’m regretting the fact that I don’t have that ability.
But I know one thing. I have seen lots of women's naked bodies from magazines and videos, but the beauty of Senpai’s body is much greater than them.
How should I put it? Art? A body with perfect shape and curves. It looks like one of those nude body paintings or statues showed at the museum.
Perfect. The only thing I can say is that “the beauty was still amazing after she stripped her clothes”.
But staring at her is making me feel bad.
I can’t become a complete pervert.
I can’t help but say it.
“What is it?”
“O-Oppai……I can see everything!”
I said it while looking away from her. I want to see it, but that’s that. I have to endure it.
“If you want to see it, then go ahead.”
Senpai says that daringly while putting on her uniform. She’s putting on a smirk.
Japanese words like that exist!?
An electric shock went through my body!
Tears are falling from my eyes because of the phrases you can never learn about at school.
I’m deeply moved by the beautiful phrase.
“Is your stomach all right?”
Senpai asks me.
I touch my stomach while watching Senpai get dressed.
“You were stabbed yesterday.”
With that statement, I was sufficiently alert.
……That’s right, I was stabbed by a guy with wings at the park yesterday.
I was stabbed by a spear that looked like it was made up of light.
But there aren’t any marks left on my stomach. I was sure there was a hole…… It’s not a kind of wound that will heal in a day. There was so much blood coming out of it.
That wasn’t a dream? Or was it a dream?
“By the way, the incident from yesterday wasn’t a dream.”
……Senpai says it as if she read my mind.
“I-I was sure I was wounded……”
“I healed it. It was critical, but thanks to your strong body, it was healable with my power in a night. I shared some of my demonic powers with you by embracing you while we were naked. I was able to do it because we are from the same clan.”
What is……this person saying?
Huh? Hugged each other while naked?
Wait, does that mean……!
“It’s all right because I’m still a virgin.”
She says it as if she reread my mind.
Ah, is that so. For some reason I was relieved.
Or should I be relieved?
“Don’t make such a weird face. This world is surrounded by more mysterious things that you can't imagine.”
Senpai approaches me while in her underwear. She starts to pat my cheek with her slim fingers.
My face gets red. It can’t be helped if my face gets red since a beauty like her is doing it.
“I am Rias Gremory. I am a Devil.”
Huh? A joke? I’m not really sure……
“And I am your Master. Nice to meet you, Hyoudou Issei-kun. Can I call you Ise?”
……but her devilish smile looks real.
To my grandpa in heaven.
Right now, in our home, a beauty is drinking miso soup next to me.
“These are very delicious, Okaa-sama.”
“Y-Yeah. T-Thank you very much.”
Both my parents who are sitting across from me have weird expressions on their faces.
Grandpa, how am I able to fix this weird atmosphere?
It’s my first time eating breakfast in this weird atmosphere, and I’m not sure what to do in this situation.
“Ise, it’s the meal that Okaa-sama made. Eat it.”
Senpai says it with elegance. She’s acting like an older sister.
I replied quickly and started to throw the food into my mouth.
“Don’t eat it in such a vulgar way. Eat slowly so you can taste the food. This is the precious food that Okaa-sama made for us.”
Senpai wipes my mouth with her handkerchief.
What is this? What kind of situation am I in?
Dad spoke to me in a trembling voice.
You look quite nervous Dad. So am I.
“W-Where did this lady c-come from?”
After hearing that, Senpai put her chopstick down and bows her head.
“……Oh my, I apologise for not introducing myself…… I brought shame to the House of Gremory. Please allow me to introduce myself. Okaa-sama and Otou-sama, my name is Rias Gremory. I attend the same Academy as Hyoudou Issei-kun. It’s a pleasure to meet you all.”
Senpai smiles. Dad responds with a weird face.
“I-Is that so…… T-That’s amazing. Hahaha! Are you from a foreign country? Your Japanese is very good.”
“Yes. Due to my father’s work, I have been living in Japan for a long time.”
Oh. Looks like dad is convinced.
But it seems like mum, who is sitting beside him isn’t.
“Is Rias……-san correct?”
“What kind of relationship do you have with Ise?”
That’s a good question, it can explain the whole situation from earlier.
Mum is curious about her answer, but Senpai just continues to smile.
“We are just a senior and a junior who are quite close to each other, Okaa-sama.”
“That’s a lie!”
Mum rejects the answer immediately.
Of course, she would. That excuse won’t work, Senpai. Since she saw that situation, that excuse won’t work!
“Be-, be-, bbbbbbbecause! On the bed!”
“Ise said he has nightmares, so I was just sleeping with him.”
“Just sleeping together!? B-Both of you were naked!”
“Nowadays, people sleep naked when they sleep together, Okaa-sama.”
That’s a big lie. You are terrific, Senpai.
But mum becomes quiet at her words.
“I-Is that so……? So people sleep together naked lately.”
Okaa-sama!? Is that all right!? You are okay with that!?
Then I realise that mum’s eyes look weird. They seem empty as if she was possessed by something.
After that Senpai whispers in my ear.
“……I’m sorry. It looked like it would become troublesome, so I used my power.”
Then I remember what she said earlier.
—I am a Devil.
……Devil. Then this is also because of a Devil's power?
Senpai resumes eating her breakfast. When I checked, dad also had hollow eyes. Did she use her power on him as well……?
What is going on?
Morning walk to school.
I’m walking towards school, but I’m having a hard time because of the way other students are looking at me.
That can’t be helped.
Next to me is our school’s idol, Gremory-senpai.
And I am walking like her servant because I am carrying her bag.
“Why is someone like him……”
“Why is someone vulgar like him next to Rias-oneesama……”
I can hear the screams of both boys and girls from every direction.
There are some students who fainted because of the shock.
Is it that bad!? Is it that bad for me to walk besides Senpai!?
We walk through the school gate, and I split with Senpai at the entrance.
“I will send someone to get you. Let’s meet again later.”
She says that while smiling.
Send someone? What does she mean?
I’m not quite sure, but I walked towards the classroom.
When I open the door, everyone stares at me.
Well, that's be normal, since I was with Rias-senpai.
Someone hit my head from behind. When I turned around, Matsuda is standing there. Motohama is beside Matsuda as well.
“Give me an explanation!”
Matsuda shouts while crying. From his expression, I can guess what he wants to say.
“Until yesterday, we were the “Unpopular Alliance” comrades!”
“Ise, first of all explain it to us. What happened after we split?”
Unlike Matsuda who is furious, Motohama is acting all calm while fixing his glasses, although his eyes are really sharp. Both of you are scaring me.
But I laugh, and then ask them with a confident voice!
“Guys, have you ever seen real tits before?”
With that one sentence, both of them tremble in fear.
“Hi. How are you doing?”
I look at the male student, who came to see me, through half-lidded eyes.
The guy in front of me is our school’s number 1 best looking prince, Kiba Yuuto.
He captured the hearts of the girls in our school with this smile of his. By the way, he’s in the same year as me. Though he’s from a different class.
You can hear girls screaming with joy from the classroom and the corridor. Shut up. It’s so damn noisy in here.
“So what business do you have here?”
I reply to him in a dismissive tone voice, but Kiba responds without breaking his smile.
“I came here by the order of Rias Gremory-senpai.”
With that one statement, I immediately understand why he is here.
I see, so he's the person Senpai told me she would send.
“……OK OK, so what do you want me to do?”
“I want you to follow me.”
This time it’s the girls' screams.
“No, for Hyoudou and Kiba-kun to walk besides each other!”
“You will get infected, Kiba-kun!”
“I won’t agree with the Kiba-kun×Hyoudou pair!”
“No, maybe its Hyoudou×Kiba-kun pair!?”
They are saying some weird crap.
Shut up. Seriously shut up.
“Ah, all right.”
I agreed to follow him.
I will say this beforehand. I hate good looking guys.
I followed Kiba, who is already walking ahead of me.
Matsuda shouts my name.
“Don’t worry, friend. I’m not going to have a fight.”
That’s right. You don’t have to worry about me, pal.
“What are you going to do with this DVD, “Me, the Molester, and the Udon”!?”
Matsuda says it out loud while holding the DVD up high.
I then look out the window.
I followed Kiba, and the place we end up at is the back of the school building.
In this place, which is surrounded by trees, there is a building called the old school building.
Apparently it was used a long time ago, and there is no sign of people here. It’s so creepy that it is listed in one of “the seven wonders of school”.
The building looks very old and is made from wood, but there aren’t any broken windows and it’s hard to tell if there are any broken parts from its appearance.
It’s old, but it isn’t that bad.
“Buchou is here.”
Is he talking about Senpai? Huh? Buchou?
Did Senpai belong to a particular club? Does this mean he is part of that club as well?
It’s getting even more mysterious. Oh well, as long as I follow this guy, I will be able to meet with Senpai.
We entered the two story high building, and went up the stairs. We went further into the building.
Even the corridor looks clean. It seems like even the rooms that aren’t used don’t have a single speck dust in them.
When you think about old buildings, you expect it to be full of insects, spider webs, and dust. But I haven’t seen any yet.
So they must be cleaning this building quite often.
While I was thinking about these kinds of things, we seem to have reached our destination. Kiba stops in front of a particular classroom.
I was shocked by the sign on the door that read—
[Occult Research Club]
Occult Research Club!?
Just reading that name makes me wonder. I’m not saying that the club sounds weird.
But thinking that Rias-senpai is the member of the Occult Research Club is……
“Buchou, I have brought him.”
Kiba waits for the approval through the wooden door. Then Senpai replies.
“Yes, come in.”
Looks like Senpai is inside here.
Kiba opens the door and I'm shocked when I follow him into the room.
There are weird signs and words in every area of the classroom.
The floor. The walls and the ceiling. They are all covered with weird signs.
And the one which stands out the most is the circle drawn at the center of the room.
It looks like a magic-circle that takes up most of the space in this room.
I can feel something creepy and weird from it.
There are also a couple of sofas and desks in the room.
Hmm? There is someone sitting on one of the sofas. It’s a girl with a small build……
I know her. I know that girl!
That’s the girl from 1st year, Toujou Koneko-chan!
She’s from 1st year, but she looks like an elementary student because of her childish face and small body!
She’s quite popular amongst a certain groups of guys. She’s popular amongst the girls as well and is treated as a mascot for being cute.
She is eating youkan quietly. She always has a sleepy expression.
If I remember correctly, she is said to be “very” emotionless.
She realises we entered, and our eyes meet.
“This is Hyoudou Issei-kun.”
Next Kiba introduces her to me. Toujou Koneko-chan bows her head.
“Ah, nice to meet you.”
I also bow my head. After the greetings, she continues to eat her youkan.
Hmm. It’s just like the rumour says. Maybe she is a girl who doesn’t talk much.
This is the sound of water flowing coming from the back of the room. Is it the sound of a shower?
Then I realise there is a shower curtain at the back of the room. There was also a shadow on the curtain.
It's the shadow of a girl. There is a girl taking a shower.
Huh!? A shower!?
This classroom comes with a shower!?
Then there is the sound of the shower stopping.
“Buchou, take this.”
Huh? There is someone else besides her?
I hear a girl's voice that doesn't belong to Senpai.
“Thank you, Akeno.”
Looks like Senpai is changing behind the curtain.
I start to blush after remembering what happened this morning.
Senpai, you sure had an impressive body. Looks like I won’t be needing porn for a while.
“……What a lecherous face.”
Someone mutters. When I look in the direction of the voice, it’s Toujou Koneko-chan.
I look at her, but the little first year student is just eating youkan.
……Is that so. So I have a lecherous face. I’m sorry then.
Then the curtain opens. The one standing there is Senpai in her uniform.
She looks seductive with her wet hair. She looks at me, then smiles.
“I’m sorry. I couldn’t take a shower last night because I stayed the night at your place, so I took a shower now.”
Ah, is that so?
But what’s bugging me is that there is a shower in this room.
Then I look behind Senpai.
There is someone behind her…… Are you serious!
I’m so shocked that I lose my words.
Black-hair in a ponytail! The ponytail, which is said to be nearly extinct! The person who is said to be the last person with a ponytail at our school!
That pretty face, which is always smiling! The person with a Japanese atmosphere! The one who is called Yamato Nadeshiko even though she is a student, and also one of our school idols, Himejima Akeno-senpai!
The person who, along with Rias-senpai, is said to be one of the “Two Great Onee-samas”!
The person who is idolised by both male and female students!
“Ara ara. Hello, my name is Himejima Akeno. Pleased to make your acquaintance.”
She introduces herself politely with a smile. Her voice sounds fascinating.
“O-Oh. My name is Hyoudou Issei. N-Nice to meet you too!”
Even though I’m nervous, I greeted her.
After Rias-senpai confirms that we finished introducing each other, she starts talking.
“Looks like everyone is here. Hyoudou Issei-kun. No, let me call you Ise.”
“We, the Occult Research Club, welcome you.”
“Eh, ah yes.”
“As a Devil.”
Dad and Mum. Looks like I’m in for something big.
“Here’s your tea.”
“Ah, thank you.”
I’m sitting on a sofa, and Himejima-senpai has made tea for me.
I drink it quickly.
“It tastes good.”
“Ara ara. Thank you very much.”
Himejima-senpai starts laughing very happily by saying “Ufufu”.
Kiba, Koneko-chan, Rias-senpai and I are sitting on the sofas surrounding the table.
“Akeno, you sit over here as well.”
Himejima-senpai sits next to Rias-senpai.
Then everyone looks at me.
W-What is it…… I’m getting nervous if everyone looks at me in a small place like this……
Then Rias-senpai speaks.
“I will get to the point right away. We are all Devils.”
Y-You definitely did get to the point right away.
“Your expression says that you don’t believe what I am saying. Well, that can’t be helped. You did see the man with black wings last night, didn’t you?”
If that wasn’t a dream, then I did really see that.
“That’s a Fallen Angel. They are former Angels who served God, but they are beings who have fallen to hell because they had evil intentions. They are also the enemy of us Devils.”
So now we are talking about a Fallen Angel.
Looks like we are entering a fantasy genre.
“We, the Devils, have been at war with the Fallen Angels since ancient times. We have been fighting over the possession of the Underworld, which is also known as Hell in the human world. The Underworld is split into two areas, one for Devils and one for Fallen Angels. The Devils form pacts with humans and receive their sacrifices and increase their strength. The Fallen Angels on the other hand control humans to eliminate Devils. At this point the Angels come in to destroy these two races on God's orders, which creates the three forces. This has been going on since ancient times.”
“No no, Senpai. That kind of story is hard to take in by a normal student like myself. Is this what members of Occult Research Club do?”
So this conversation has been the club activity then.
“Occult Research Club is just a camouflage. It’s my hobby. It’s actually a gathering place for us Devils.”
……Hold on, this is part of the club activity right?
Hearing that name, I open my eyes in shock.
Where did she hear that name?
“That day, you were on a date with Amano Yuuma, right?”
“……If you are joking around, then can you please stop now? I don’t want to talk about this here.”
There is anger in my voice.
That’s because that topic is like a taboo to me now.
When I talked about it before, no one believed me, and no one remembered her.
Everyone said it must have been a dream. That it was my hallucination. Nobody believed me and no one remembered her existence.
I don’t know where she heard the story from, but I won’t accept it if she says that it is all occult. Instead, I will be mad.
“She existed. For certain.”
Rias-senpai says that clearly.
“Well, it looks like she tried to erase all of the evidence around you.”
Rias-senpai clicks her finger, and Himejima-senpai takes out a photo.
I am speechless after seeing who is in that photo.
“This is her, right? Amano Yuuma-chan.”
Yeah, the person on the photo is my girlfriend who I wasn’t able to find anywhere.
I had taken a picture of her with my mobile phone, but it had disappeared.
The photo is a clear picture of her, and there are black wings growing from her back.
“This girl is……no, this is a Fallen Angel. She’s the same kind as the one that attacked you last night.”
……A Fallen Angel? Yuuma-chan is a Fallen Angel?
“This Fallen Angel came in contact with you to accomplish a certain goal. After she accomplished it, she got rid of any record and evidence regarding herself.”
“Yes. To kill you.”
W-What the hell!!
“W-Why did she have to kill me!?”
“Calm down, Ise. It couldn’t be helped...... No, you were just unlucky. There are possessors who weren’t killed……”
“What do you mean, unlucky!”
Is she saying that I was just unlucky to be killed by Yuuma-chan that day!?
Killed? But I’m still alive? I’m still here like before.
“That day, you went on a date with her and then went to the park, where you were killed with Spear of Light.”
“But I’m still alive! More than that, why was I targeted!?”
Yeah. There aren’t any reasons for me to be targeted by her.
Why do I have to be targeted by the Fallen Angels!?
“The reason why she approached you is so she could check if there is a dangerous thing inside you. She must have received a weak response from it. That’s why she took her time checking you. Then she confirmed it. That you were a human who possessed a Sacred Gear —-”
I was familiar with that term.
—Sorry. You were a threat to us, so we decided to get rid of you early. If you want to hold a grudge, then hate the God who put the Sacred Gear inside you.
That’s what Yuuma-chan said at that time.
So there’s a Sacred Gear inside my body……?
Kiba then speaks.
“Sacred Gear is an irregular power that is bestowed to certain humans. For example, most of the people whose names are recorded in history are said to be possessors of a Sacred Gear. They used the power of their Sacred Gear to record their name in history.”
“Presently, there are people who possess Sacred Gears within their bodies. You know those people who play an important role worldwide? Most of those people possess a Sacred Gear.”
Himejima-senpai continues after Kiba.
Rias-senpai then continues to explain.
“Most of the Sacred Gears have functions that are only usable in the human society. But there are exceptional Sacred Gears that are a threat to us, the Devils, and Fallen Angels. Ise, raise your hand.”
Eh? I have to raise my hand? Why?
“Do it quickly.”
Rias-senpai urges me to do it.
So I raise my left arm.
“Close your eyes and imagine the strongest thing that comes to mind.”
“S-Strongest being……? Son Goku from Dragon Ball……?”
“Then imagine it, and imagine that person in a particular pose where he looks the strongest.”
I imagined Goku when he is shooting his Kamehameha.
Is this alright?
“Lower your arm slowly and stand up.”
I get up from the sofa and lower my arm.
“Now mimic the pose of that person. You have to imagine it strongly, okay? You cannot hold back.”
There are people around me, and I have to copy Goku doing Kamehameha at this age!?
I’m too embarrassed to do it!
Just because I’m closing my eyes doesn’t mean that no one will laugh at me!
“Hurry and do it.”
Rias-senpai urges me again.
Ooooooi! Are you serious! Do I seriously have to do it!?
Shit! Then look! It’s Hyoudou Issei’s first and last time doing Kamehameha!
I said it while I had both my opened hands stuck together and pushed them forward at chest height. This is the Kamehameha pose.
“Now, open your eyes. In this place which is filled with demonic power, the Sacred Gear will be able to appear more easily.”
I open my eyes just like Rias-senpai tells me to.
My left arm glowed.
What is this!? What is this!?
Can I pull off Kamehameha now!?
The light starts to take form and covers my left arm.
After the light disappears, my left arm is covered in a red gauntlet.
It’s equipped with a flashy looking object. It looks like a very fine and realistic cosplay item.
The part that covers the back of my hand has a gem-like object embedded in it.
Actually, it looks more like a jewel instead of a just a gem.
“What the hell is thiiiiiiiis!!?”
I screamed. I’m really shocked.
Obviously! What is this!? I thought I did a Kamehameha, but instead I got an item on my arm that looks like something Henshin Heroes use!
Uwaah, what is this!?
“That’s a Sacred Gear. And it belongs to you. Once it appears, you can use it anywhere and anytime as you will.”
T-This red gauntlet is a Sacred Gear……?
I still can’t believe it. I shot a Kamehameha and I……I……
“The Fallen Angel, Amano Yuuma, saw your Sacred Gear as a threat and therefore killed you.”
……So the thing about Yuuma-chan and the Sacred Gear was all real.
Then the part where I was killed by her was real too.......?
So how am I alive?
“You called me when you were on the verge of death. I was summoned through this paper.”
Rias-senpai pulls out a single leaflet.
I know that leaflet.
When I was waiting for Yuuma-chan at the meeting spot, one of the people giving out leaflets gave me one.
It’s a leaflet with a weird magic circle and a catchphrase that reads, “We will grant your wish!”
If I look carefully, the magic circle on the leaflet is the same as the big magic circle on the floor.
“This is one of the leaflets we give out. This magic circle is used to summon us Devils. These days there aren’t many people who would draw this circle to summon us. So we give these leaflets to people who look like they would summon Devils. This magic-circle is safe and easy to use. That day, one of our familiars was disguised as a human and was handing them out in the business district. You got it at that time, Ise. After you were attacked by the Fallen Angel, you called me while you were on the verge of death. You wished so hard that it summoned me. Usually my servants like Akeno and the others would be the ones to be summoned.”
That time I was impaled by the Spear of Light……so I wished really hard.
When my hand was covered in blood, the thing that came to mind was crimson.
I strongly craved for the girl with crimson hair, Rias Gremory.
So then, the person with red hair that appeared at the end of that dream—no, the one that appeared at the end of that incident really was Senpai.
“When I was summoned and saw you, I knew right away that you were a Sacred Gear possessor and that you were attacked by a Fallen Angel. But there was a problem. Ise, you were on the brink of death. Not just Devils, but humans also die if impaled by a Fallen Angels spear of light. Ise, you were in that kind of condition. So I decided to save your life.”
Save my life?
So Senpai was the one who helped me?
So that’s why I’m alive.
“Although, as a Devil. Ise, you were reborn as a Devil of mine, Rias Gremory’s servant. As my servant Devil.”
At that moment, wings sprout from the backs of everyone around me.
They're different from the black wings of Fallen Angels, their wings are like bat wings.
And with that I also feel some kind of sensation on my back.
Looking over my shoulder, I see the same black wings protruding from my back.
……Are you serious?
I’m a Devil? Did I quit being a human?
“Let's introduce everyone anew. Yuuto.”
Kiba smiles at me after Rias-senpai calls his name.
“My name is Kiba Yuuto. As you already know, I'm a second year like you, Hyoudou Issei-kun. Umm, I’m a Devil too. Nice to meet you.”
“……First year. ……Toujou Koneko. Pleased to make your acquaintance. ……I’m a Devil too.”
Toujou Koneko-chan bows her head.
“My name is Himejima Akeno, and I’m in third year. I’m also the vice-president of this Occult Research Club. Nice to meet you. Even though I’m like this, I’m also a Devil. Ufufu.”
Himejima-senpai bows her head very politely.
Lastly, it’s Rias-senpai.
She waves her crimson hair and says it very directly.
“And I’m their master as well as being a Devil from the House of Gremory, Rias Gremory. My house holds the rank of a Duke. Let’s get along from now on, Ise.”
Looks like I’m in a really unthinkable situation.
Translator's Notes and References
- Senpai - Senior
- Okaa-san - It usually means "Mother" but in Japan the husband also can address this way to their wife.
- Otou-san - It usually means "Father" but in Japan the wife also can address this way to their husband.
- Expression of gratitude before meal
- Otou-sama - A very polite way to address your father and father-in-law
- Okaa-sama - A very polite way to address your mother and mother-in-law
- Buchou - Club President
- Youkan - Japanese treat
- Yamato Nadeshiko - A term used for the ideal Japanese woman
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